Paddy Lowe to leave McLaren

25 February 2013

McLaren have officially announced that Paddy Lowe will be replaced as technical director by Tim Goss with immediate effect. Goss, formally director of engineering joined McLaren in 1990. “I’m delighted to have been offered the technical directorship of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes – one of the most prestigious positions in global sport – and I’m greatly looking forward to making a significant contribution to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ ongoing success in that role” said Goss. “As before, I’ll be leading our car design operations, while continuing the process of evolving and improving our technical and engineering function in collaboration with Martin (Whitmarsh), Jonathan (Neale), Sam (Michael), Neil (Oatley) and the rest of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ hugely experienced technical and engineering team.”

McLaren team principle Martin Whitmarsh had this to say, “I’d like to offer my congratulations to Tim on his new position, which, after more than 20 years of exceptional service for McLaren, he richly deserves.”His quiet and unassuming persona conceals a fierce competitiveness and a wealth of experience, coupled to an unrivalled level of expertise in the field of Formula One car design and engineering. “In line with what Tim has said, I firmly believe that our technical and engineering team is the best in the F1 business, and that its strength in depth has always been and will continue to be an important element of our on-track success.”

Whitmarsh officially confirmed that Paddy Lowe will leave the team at the end of the 2013 season. There has been very strong speculation recently linking him to Mercedes. Martin Whitmarsh also said this, “Paddy will be performing a different role within McLaren until the end of the year,” He’s been a good and successful F1 technical director, and we wish him well when he embarks on a fresh challenge in 2014.”

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